"I [am] against my brother,
|— Bedouin oath
Light cavalry unit available to Arab factions, not as fast as normal light cavalry but still cheaper and with better hitpoints.
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Although not as fast as light cavalry should be, Camel Raiders have one thing that makes them better than them: their high hitpoints score, and their reduced food cost. This means that they should be fairly useful in their use for raiding, since they can withstand attrition better than most other cavalry units. Their poor speed however means that as far as charging infantry goes, Camel Raiders are not necessarily a good bet, although they will work fairly well in melee against other cavalry units.
- Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee — Camel Raiders are meant to make quick and fast strikes on unarmoured foes.
- Keep Away From Sharp Sticks — The bane of Camel Raiders units are spear-armed units such as Spearmen and Lancers — if you see any, run away!
Camel raiders are a common sight in Khitan armies in addition to other units, mostly cavalry. Kill these units at all costs in order to keep them from producing food to feed your foes.
Despite being slower and much less temperate than horses, camels had their uses. The first was their durability — on the march, camels can store all the fat and moisture that they will ever need in the hump on their body. The second was that their scent often spooked horses, which was both a blessing and a curse for the military-minded — it caused problems for enemies on horseback, but it could also cause problems if handling baggage, and keeping an army of camels and horses apart could sometimes pose problems. The earliest known instance of tactical exploitation of a camel's scent dates back from the conquest of Lydia by Persia, where the Persian Shah Cyrus deployed a detachment of camelry to spook his enemy's cavalry. When desert warfare experts were required, camel-riding nomads could be recruited as mercenaries, as was done in the wastes north of China, or in the arid sands of Africa and the Middle East.